The Acceptance Approach
Humanitarian Security management
What is acceptance?
An acceptance approach attempts to reduce or remove threats by increasing the acceptance of an organisations staff and programs. Organisations establish and develop acceptance by building relationships with local communities, and other actors in the humanitarian space.
Acceptance is one of three approaches to Humanitarian security management as well as Protection and Deterrence.
"we should have BIG Acceptance, REASONABLE protection, and MINIMAL NECESSARY intimidation with arms"
Mikolaj Radllicki, CCM-Italia
Obtaining consent and building acceptance is a fundamental part of humanitarian principles. Acceptance is for the majority the most desirable means to ensure safe programming for organisations.
Often organisations have policies and procedures, which are based in the acceptance approach, although practical steps to test and build acceptance in the field have room for improvement.
Key components of an active acceptance approach are outreach, investment of time, communication and adherence to the organisations mandate, objectives and programmes.
Those that agencies must build acceptance with, is anyone who influences whether or not an agency can program securely in their area of operations.
Acceptance needs to be gained from all relevant parties including those that may distrust the agency, feel threatened or harbour active hostility.
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Ryan also played a key role in NGO security information sharing at local, oblast and capital level security coordination fora.
He is one of the most knowledgeable humanitarian security managers in Ukraine.
I highly recommend Ryan Hall and Acceptance International."
Will Cragin, International Medical Corps
Head of Office, Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) - Somalia